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My father passed away suddenly, unexpectedly from an apparent heart attack in November 1995.  For several days that followed, I was in a deep state of grief.  My family was consumed with taking care of the cremation, funeral, and financial aspects of my Father's death.  I was too much in shock to be helpful and I felt oddly isolated in my grieving.  A dear friend and coworker recognized that my suffering was severe and called daily to check on me.  During one of our calls he shared a story of his sister's death from Leukemia.  I asked him if he felt that we would see them again.  He felt sure that we would.  After hanging up with him - I felt like the floodgates of my grief just flew open.  I sat in my couch in a ball crying hysterically.  I cried so hard that I gave myself a migraine and turned all the lights out.  It was dusk and my apartment was nearly dark and silent - except for my quietly repeating "please, please give me proof" - I must have mumbled this 50 times and then something miraculous happened.  My television went on by itself (I was no where near the remote) and it kept switching channels - as if searching.  After six or so channel switches it stopped dead on the show from the 1990's called Unsolved Mysteries. Unbelievably, the program was on The question of evidence of the afterlife.  I sat in shock over what had just happened and watched the entire episode.  During the program I felt a warmth run through me - like a hug from above.   

Looking back on this experience - I am confident that this was miraculous.  I did not have any electrical problems where I lived and my Father was an Electrical Engineer who in his career did a lot of work with early design of televisions.  This would be his medium of choice to communicate with me.   This opened my mind to the possibility of the afterlife.   Several years later I would have more ADC's from my deceased Catt - visual, in dreams and through touch.

Was this experience difficult to express in words?  No

Did you ONLY sense an awareness of presence of the deceased without actually seeing, hearing, feeling or smelling them?            Yes

Did you hear the deceased or hear something associated with the deceased?          No

Did you feel a touch or experience any physical contact from the deceased?            No

Did you see the deceased?         No

Did you smell a distinct smell, scent, fragrance or odor associated with the deceased?      No

How long did the experience last?        As long as the program was on.

Was the beginning and end of the experience gradual or more sudden?         Sudden.

Could you sense the emotions or mood of the deceased?           No

Did the deceased give you information you did not previously know?  Comfort.

How do you currently view the reality of your experience?           Experience was definitely real

            Please explain why you view the reality of your experience as real or not real:           It happened and there was no rational explanation for it.

            Was the experience dream like in any way?   No   

Describe in detail your feelings/emotions during the experience:           Awe.

Was there any emotional healing in any way following the experience?           Yes

I felt that my Father was still watching out for me.

What was the best and worst part of your experience?      That it happened was the best part and there was nothing bad.

Has your life changed specifically as a result of your experience?         Yes                 Describe:      I appreciate my loved ones on a higher level.  I don't take them for granted.  I prey a lot.           

Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience?
   Yes     I am more open to the possibility of the afterlife and I also have more appreciation for how miraculous life itself is.  I look in wonder at nature, science, universe and lose myself in the experience.  If life after death seems unbelievable then life itself is equally unbelievable.

Did the experience give you any spiritual understandings such as life, death, afterlife, God, etc.?            Yes     Hope.

Death Compacts are when two or more living people promise among themselves that whoever dies first will try to contact the other(s).  Have you ever made such a compact?        Yes

Yes, but not with my Father - his death was unexpected.

Did you observe or hear anything regarding people or events during your experience that could be verified later?          Yes The program aired in either late Nov. Or early Dec. 1995.  My Father died 11-21-1995.

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            Comfort.

Was the experience witnessed or experienced by others?           No

Did you have any sense of altered space or time?   No

Did you have a sense of knowing, special knowledge, universal order and/or purpose?    No

Did you become aware of future events?       No

Did you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience that you did not have prior to the experience?         No

Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body?     No

Did you meet or see any other beings other than the deceased?            No

Did you see a light?           No

Did any part of your experience seem to occur in a place other than the location described above?            No

Have you shared this experience with others?        

Yes     I am not sure if they felt that I was exaggerating or If I was so deep with grief that I was mistaken, but I don't care - I know what happened and it was meant for me.

Have you shared this experience formally or informally with any other researcher or web site?   No

 Is there anything else you would like to add regarding your experience?       I hope it helps offer some comfort to others.

Were there any associated medications or substances with the potential to affect the experience?            No

Following the experience, have you had any other events in your life, medications or substances which reproduced any part of the experience?         No 

Did you ever in your life have a near-death experience, out of body experience or other spiritual event?           Yes 

In a sense, I was traumatically injured and suffered damage to my autonomic nervous system - this was several years later.  During this period - I felt that my senses have become heightened.  I have had my hearing tested and it is so acute that I can now pick up on vibrations.  My sense of smell can detect disease with my cat (diabetes, renal failure), and I am acutely aware of biological responses in my body.  Inthink that this has added to my perceptions.

Did the questions asked and information you provided accurately and comprehensively describe your experience?               Yes

Please offer any suggestions you may have to improve this questionnaire.    None.  I enjoyed reading Evidence of the Afterlife.  It was great to see "scientific" explanations debunked.